Doula training



Doula is not a protected title, so anyone has the right to use the name doula for themselves. However, it is prudent for a doula to be aware of the course of childbirth, the various pain relief techniques, the scope and limits the job, The doulas personal childbirth experiences should not be allowed to interfere with the client care. The doula focuses 100% on supporting the birth of the woman in question according to her wishes. Attending doula training before offering doula services is highly recommended.

Doula training


Introductory trainings are one day trainings where you get a feel for what a doula does and whether being a doula is your calling. The Suomen Doulat ry Minustako Doula?/Me, a Doula? course is one such training.

Trained doula has completed a duola focussed course, lasting at least 20 hours.

Certified doula has completed doula training and has since continued their training as required by the association or operator. Common to the certification programs is gaining experience in childbirth as a doula after the training, studying the literature and research, and attending additional courses, e.g. on the physiology of childbirth and breastfeeding.

A doula typically completes a lot of other courses that support the doula's role. Some doulas have a degree in health care (including a midwife, nurse, healthcare worker or physiotherapist).

Doula training in Finland



Training by Anna-Riitta Kässi with a certification path  More details can be found at the Doula-akatemia page.


Doules doula course is an "DONA International" approved training, after which you can become internationally certified Become a DONA certified doula CD(DONA). The course is 20 hours in duration and the trainer is Marjaana Siivola.

Other traininng

In addition to these, there are several other doula trainings of different lengths and scopes. Additional training of interest to doulas (eg acupressure, qua sha, rebozo, etc.) will be announced on the association's “Suomen Doulat ry members” Facebook group, to which association members will be added upon request.

A short history of doulas


Throughout history, the birther has been supported by members of the community. Usually they have been women who have given birth in the past. This custom began to fade when childbirth was transferred to hospitals.

In the early 1990s, doctors Kennell and Klaus found in their attachment ratio and breastfeeding studies that continuous support promotes the delivery process, reduces complications, and increases maternal satisfaction with the childbirth experience. Based on their research modern doula care developed and today there are thousands of doulas around the world.

There have been voluntary support workers in childbirth in Finland since the early 1990s. In 2010, the first vocational doulas, that had been trained abroad, offered their services in Finland. At present, there are multiple comprehensive doula courses in Finland leading to certification.

In 2017, there are about 100 vocational doulas and 250 voluntary doulas in Finland.